We're not sure what we think of the title – which has a bit of a 90s ring to it – but the record's got a smoking soulful sound that definitely lives up to previous work from Nick Pride and his combo! The group's equal parts 60s soul and 70s funk – and often blend the two together ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A really beautiful little set of tracks – music composed to accompany vintage porn films from the 70s – played to perfection by the great Alex Puddu! The story behind the project is great – a friend was involved in rescuing and issuing rare porn from the underground – most ... read moreCD
A really beautiful little set of tracks – music composed to accompany vintage porn films from the 70s – played to perfection by the great Alex Puddu! The story behind the project is great – a friend was involved in rescuing and issuing rare porn from the underground – most ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Wonderfully beat-heavy work by Quantic – a wicked mix of classic elements and lots of funky roots – but served up in a leaner, cleaner style overall! The approach is a bit more produced than the live work of Quantic – almost in the early Ninja Tune mode – mixing together ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Quantic goes back to the old school with this sweet little set – and by that, we mean his own old school – from the years when he was mixing a lot more electric elements in his music! The record takes all the great Quantic sounds in recent years – his experiments with deep funk, ... read moreCD
A very groovy little set – one that features jazz guitar versions of a host of familiar tunes – including takes on The Pharcyde's "Runnin" and the Souls Of Mischief classic "93 Til Infinity"! The approach is very nice – mostly jazz guitar in the lead of the ... read moreCD
An collection of some of the best funky numbers from Ron Levy's Wild Kingdom – a loose assemblage of players headed by organist Ron Levy, and featuring funky legends Karl Denson and Melvin Sparks on a few tracks! The set pulls together a dozen tunes from Levy's self-released CDs – ... read moreCD
Proggy jazz funk and rock from the Ruffcats – the excellent German combo that have honed their chops and developed a stellar reputation as a go-to backing band for headliners as diverse as Miles Bonny, Georgia Anne Muldrow, Flo Mega and many more! Essence Vol 3 touches on the far reaching ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Includes download card – which includes the complete Essence Vol 2 and Volume 3 – with 8 album tracks plus 6 bonus cuts.)
The amazing return of the Shaolin Temple Defenders – a group who've really deepened their sound since we last heard from them! On previous albums, the Defenders were a razor-sharp funk combo – a French ensemble who'd really studied the funky 45 underground of the late 60s and early 70s ... read moreCD
Naomi Shelton & The Gospel Queens —
Cold World ... CD Daptone, 2014. New Copy ...
A great one from Naomi Shelton & The Gospel Queens – with deeper raw soul roots than on their Daptone debut – but with all of the uplifting gospel soul spirit! The best records on Daptone are big on old school soul and funk reverence, but show how relevant it is here and now – ... read moreCD
Amazing – and after a decade it's still probably one of our favorite Ubiquity releases to date! To the unitiated, Rhode Trip is a killer album of jazzy funk by one of the best west coast groups on Ubiquity or any other label! They had some of the best cuts on the classic "Cookin'" ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Andre Solomko is an artist who was born a few decades late – the kind of talent who would have been right at home in the CTI scene of the 70s – where he no doubt would have risen to great fame for his music! Yet we're also more than happy to have him working strong here in the 21st ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Nice heavy vinyl and cover!)
Soulful Orchestra —
Mood So ... CD Soulful Torino/Record Kicks (Italy), 2013. New Copy ...
A group that really lives up to its title – and one with a sound that's proudly in the mode of the best Northern Soul of the 60s! The backings are full, and done in a style that's strongly inspired by Detroit soul of the Motown years – a bit rougher and more funky overall, given the ... read moreCD
Heavy funk from Speedometer – a UK power-combo who've really grown their sound over the years! This one's the group's first full-length effort, and it's a really kickin little record with even more to offer than their great 45s! The group's expanded their lineup to feature some great horn ... read moreCD
Al Supersonic has a mighty nice vocal approach on this retro-soul set – a style that's a bit looser and maybe more personal than some other singers in recent years – a quality that gives the the whole thing a pretty sweet edge! Al's a bit less "perfect" than some of the deep ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Heavy funk from Michigan's Third Coast Kings – sounding better here than ever before, with a groove that really lives up to their Detroit soul legacy! The combo is mostly instrumental – and have really found a way to fuse tight guitar lines with the rhythms – so that the groove ... read moreCD
Erik Truffaz —
Dawn ... CD Blue Note (France), 1998. Used ...
Excellent modern jazz funk from one of Europe's best young players! Erik Truffaz has a cool 70s spacey trumpet style – like Freddie Hubbard's best CTI work, or like the classic Eddie Henderson moments with the Herbie crew. He's playing here with a tight little quartet that includes Patrick ... read moreCD
Laura Vane & The Vipertones —
Bodyquake ... CD Unique (Germany), 2014. New Copy ...
An even more playful set than before from Laura Vane & The Vipertones – a record that still has some of the older funk and soul elements of previous releases, but which also comes across with a more contemporary vibe as well – a kind of bouncy, jaunty sort of soul that seems to work ... read moreCD
An even more playful set than before from Laura Vane & The Vipertones – a record that still has some of the older funk and soul elements of previous releases, but which also comes across with a more contemporary vibe as well – a kind of bouncy, jaunty sort of soul that seems to work ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Heavy congas, hard-hitting horns, and tight soulful vocals – an excellent debut set from Watch Out – one of the funkiest European combos we've heard in years! The group have a natural, organic feel that's very nice – a way of serving up the kind of full funky sound that you'd ... read moreCD
Nick Waterhouse —
Holly ... CD Innovative Leisure, 2014. New Copy ...
Damn deep grooves from Nick Waterhouse – a singer we've always liked a lot, and one who really seems to sharpen his edge here with some great elements from older R&B! Nick's already proved himself to be one heck of a soulful vocalist – and this time around he picks up more grit ... read moreCD
Nick Waterhouse —
Holly ... LP Innovative Leisure, 2014. New Copy ...
Damn deep grooves from Nick Waterhouse – a singer we've always liked a lot, and one who really seems to sharpen his edge here with some great elements from older R&B! Nick's already proved himself to be one heck of a soulful vocalist – and this time around he picks up more grit ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The long-awaited return of the Whitefield Brothers – melding global funk and tripped out psychedelia as masterfully as on their massive In The Raw album – and tripping it out and funking it up even more this time! The psychedelic sounds get more pronounced play this time out, but it's ... read moreCD
Whomp! These guys bring it all down on the beat – hitting harder than Cassius Clay at the Rome Olympics in '60, packing bass, guitar, and drums into one funky punch – pounding out a hard heavy groove all the way through their entire debut LP! Of course, these guys have the talent to ... read moreCD
One of the most legendary albums of recent years finally gets an official release – and about time, too! The set is a loving tribute to the genius of Stevie Wonder – and features a batch of instrumental readings of Stevie's 70s classics, all performed by Madlib with a sweet mix of keys ... read moreCD
Youngblood Brass Band —
Pax Volumi ... CD Tru Thoughts (UK), 2013. New Copy ...
Wonderful work from this combo who really live up to the "young blood" in their name – way more than just a standard brass band, as they draw on styles from a range of genres that include funk and hip hop, plus a slight touch of punk as well! There's an edge to the performance that ... read moreCD
A funky compilation from a single group of players – the second Black Feeling set on Freestyle – with Lance Ferguson of The Bamboos leading a killer group of modern funk players from the Oz scene with fierce love of classic Afro, Latin and otherwise furiously funky sounds from across ... read moreCD
A killer compilation of Daptone Gold – a funky and soulful collection that's a perfect snapshot of the sounds coming out of Daptone's House Of Soul recording studios in the aughties! The Daptone sound spins from a tight community of players with the deepest love and respect for the classic, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(The vinyl package is excellent – with a gold foil gatefold sleeve, full color 11 X 13 poster, a Daptone sticker, and full album MP3 download that includes a bonus Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings Christmas song that's not on the physical release!)
Fresh out the box – a baker's dozen totally fresh cuts – even if you've already been digging all the great recent albums and singles on the Freestyle label! Freestyle's headquartered in London, with a keen ear for the best sounds bubbling around in the contemporary underground – ... read moreCD
Contemporary funk, but with a groove deep enough to warrant the "rare" promised in the title – as most of these numbers would stand strongly next to the best funky 45s from the late 60s and early 70s! The production is great throughout – very hard-edged, and with a back-to-bas ... read moreCD